U.S. warships arrive in Vietnam
The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble is one of the U.S. ships visiting Vietnam.
July 15th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

U.S. warships arrive in Vietnam

Three U.S. Navy ships arrived Friday - as welcome guests - at the Vietnamese port of Da Nang.

The visit is part of a seven-day celebration of the 16th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two former enemies, the Navy said in a press release.

The 7th Fleet delegation consists of the guided-missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon and USS Preble, the rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard, additional sailors from the Logistics Group Western Pacific command, and a mobile diving and salvage team.

The Safeguard underwent repairs at a Vietnamese shipyard in 2009, the Navy said.

Territorial tensions have risen in recent weeks between Vietnam and China over the South China Sea, but the U.S. says the visit is a planned training mission focusing on "non-combatant events and skills exchanges in areas such as navigation and maintenance."

U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen just ended a four-day visit to China on Wednesday.

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  1. Fireside Four

    As a command and control communicator from 1970-1973 I wanted to end it by using nuclear weapons because I was the true believer and am still anti-communist which makes me a living anachronism of that era. For me the war never ended. Fighting stopped and we were sold out by our leaders. Any live remaining POW's were sold out by Jane Fonda's friend Senator Kerry of Mass. The KGB admitted murdering hundreds of airmen transferred to them by North Vietnam. The only good commie is a dead commie. God bless real Americans. End.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob the Aussie

      I couldn't agree more, yes the only good Commie is a dead one. However the Vietnam War was never meant to be won it was meant to be sustained as long as possible for the arms industries profits, that's why our troops had such crazy rules of engagement.
      It's incredible that US POW's were handed to the KGB I know this happened ffter the Korean War. US POW's were used in medical and germ warfare experiments by the Russians. The Commies aren't gone they have changed their name to The Green's Party which wants to destroy our industries with Carbon Taxes.

      August 9, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • CalDre

      Actually you are a sociopath and wannabe mass murderer. You are worse than the bulk of those "Communists", who were really fighting for their independence,rather than to impose some secular-humanist ideology on a country hafllway around the world. Indeed, although the "Communists" won in Vietnam, the country probably has a freer market than the USA.

      August 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

      If you read the history, before oh , i don't know 1970-1973, you will see that Ho Chi Minh sought an early alliance with the Western powers (America) . And to fight for a Democratic Vietnam. But guess what happened?

      America turned it's back on him – Sounds familiar?

      And the rest is how they say "history"

      Next time, remove those blinders you have on. Killing millions of civilians with nuclear weapons? What a psychotic perspective.

      August 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • buddy21

      Of course, the Vietnam "Domino" theory was complete US Gov't propoganda as well as the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Well, VN fell, and we are still speaking English here. All we have to show for it is a wall in DC with 58,000 names on it. Names of our Grandfathers, Fathers, Uncles, Brothers, and Sons – all dead for nothing. The same propoganda wars are still going on by the same spin masters that bought you Viet F' ing Nam. Better wake up sheeple of Amerika.

      August 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pharos

      If the Communists said they wanted to take the world by force, then I guess the domino theory was real, huh?
      Are you in denial or what? The Communists killed more people than HItler, and our reaction to that was what, propaganda?
      You think they believe in voting? Talking things over?
      The war in Vietnam was not lost. The United States withdrew, thanks in large part to a large group of useful idiots in the 'anti-war' movement. You know what? The Vietnamese COUNTED on that support to drive America out. How do I know that? I have watched them on video saying exactly that. Vietnam was a valiant effort to try and stop the spread of Communism. It worked in part. How? You think that they didn't think twice about it before the Communists launched other adventures? After all, the Communists suffered an absolute military defeat at the hands of the Americans. The only way they could win was if the Americans gave up. Thanks to all you that supported the surrender.

      August 12, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Vietnam is our new wage slave zone.... The war is a long time gone...

    August 9, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. 1St Marines Division

    Why don't you tell that to thousands of men who were in contact with AGENT ORANGE and now live a living Hell everyday, or to the families of the names of those on the Wall. They gave their lives for the Wahington Clan.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Pharos

      Those men are heroes. The cause was just, and they did a great job. A GREAT job. They whipped the North Vietnamese's butts. It was the right thing to do.

      August 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. L.P.DeAcosya

    while these brave individuals,who served their coutries both then and now and gave there best,they were still held hostage by the inept washington stalemates that cannot do the right things,for both them and their country.god bless every service member and there faamilies.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
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